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Torso Review

Posted by Josh Samford On February - 4 - 2009

You may have noticed the look of the site being back to what it once was. Well, I liked the new design, but decided it wasn’t really fitting for VC. Now I’m back to the drawing board and looking to do something new. Preferably my own custom theme which I’m working on now. Going to go for a more industrial look if I can swing it. Anyway, aside from that, I’m back with another review everybody! This time for the Italian classic: Torso. A lovely little slice of Giallo that should appease most any genre fan!

The Review: I’ve been hearing a lot about Sergio Martino for quite a while now, and at the top of his list of films that get recommended to me most often has to be Torso. It’s a film I’ve been hearing about for years, since before even my introduction to Fulci and Argento so many years ago. Often hailed as one of the best of the giallo genre, so of course it was only a matter of time before I tracked it down. However, it wasn’t until recently that the Giallo bug really bit me, as I realized how little experience I have with films not directed by Argento. Lacking in my Bava, Martino and Soavi – I figure it’s all but time to correct that mistake! Torso is perhaps the most stylish giallo/slasher I have ever seen outside of those directed by Dario Argento. Martino’s command of the visual medium is really striking, to a degree that puts him up with the very best of the great visual directors of Italian genre cinema – which is really the top echelon of great horror filmmakers. If he isn’t already a name you recognize at this point, you may want to correct that mistake.


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